API Specifications Conference Day 1 Highlights API Design and Description

The OpenAPI Specifications Conference for 2021 was held on September 28 and 29. The conference, sponsored by the OpenAPI Initiative, featured speakers from companies and organizations who offered insight into the problems inherent in creating APIs, publishing them in a manner that makes them findable by developers, describing the rules that govern the API, and the history and current direction of API specification. The opening keynote by Mandy Whaley and Yina Arenas cited the need for change in API specification…

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Why OpenAPI Matters

Ever since the Internet was created, the problem of connecting available services with consumers who need those services has been ubiquitous. Developers knew that “surely someone must have solved this problem, but where do I find their solution?” An important development was the invention of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). APIs enable an outside application to utilize the […]

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Diving into OpenAPI 3.1

In the past decade API’s have proliferated. Companies sought increased efficiency through automated business-to-business transaction processing using APIs; web-based companies created APIs to enable developers to integrate their data products into new processes; and new companies were created that pulled data from multiple external APIs and fused it into their own processing to produce unique web products that offered potential audiences a view of meshed data that wasn’t available elsewhere. The pandemic accelerated this trend, as people working from home were no longer able to easily and securely connect to the corporate intranet to accomplish their tasks. As the number of available APIs mushroomed, problems arose…

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Slack Proves that the Impact of COVID on Technology Professionals Is Permanent

It was major news when Slack experienced a global outage on January 4, 2021, the first work day of the new year. The Associated Press article Slack kicks off 2021 with a global outage reported: “It’s the latest tech glitch to show how disruptive technical difficulties can be when millions of people are depending on […]

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Why Does Tail Latency Matter?

It’s a complicated question, actually: latency versus throughput. Throughput is how many responses you can give to your varied customers in a certain amount of time. Latency is the amount of time it took for an individual customer to receive the response to their request. If your product is going to succeed, obviously you need […]

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The Business Case for Excellent API Documentation

If your company is selling web services that are accessed by through APIs, one of the most important factors for your ability to attract paying customers is your API documentation. Management teams from potential customers will be interested in what information your APIs provide, their capacity and reliability, and how quickly they can scale. Once […]

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British Army Utilizes APIs for Increased Logistic Efficiency

Large organizations that have existed for centuries have employed computer technology since its innovation. 50 years ago, large-scale organizations contracted developers to utilize 1960s software and hardware technology to create systems that advantageously advanced the accomplishment of their missions. In subsequent decades, this software was tuned for evolving situations. Along the way, errors identified in […]

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APIs and Hotel/Motel Rooms: A Real-Life Business Case

In the modern economy, where people are connected via smart-phones, tablets, texting platforms, etc., a customer’s need to quickly find lodging for a suddenly desired trip or brief vacation is well known. Hotel and motel chains provide web sites that show customers what rooms are available at each location at any future time period. Meanwhile, […]

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7 Ways to Validate that Your APIs Are Working Correctly

Online products that provide a complex service typically rely on Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), utilizing online resources to provide basic information. The added value is in how their own software uses this information to create a new product that is of value to their users. The APIs that are utilized to create this unique product […]

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Why You Need to Monitor Your Product’s External and Internal APIs

If your company provides a web service, then maximizing your site’s uptime and providing your customer with the latest information your service provides should be prime objectives. Depending on what’s happening at the exact moment a customer makes a request to your service (clicks a button, enters text, clicks an image, etc.), your software must […]

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